Local Food Resilience workshop series – Spring 2020

DURATION:? Four days of workshops (Sept-Nov) in 3 locations: Takaka, Motueka, Nelson.

TIMES:? Start 9.30am, Finish 4.30pm



In this experiential workshop, Robina unpacks her innovative toolbox of comprehensive strategies which collectively enable community-scale food sovereignty.? Drawing on local issues and contexts, we will learn effective facilitation skills to build confidence in motivating and engaging our wider communities in generating local food prosperity. Participants will be exposed to a plethora of inspiring examples of local food initiatives from around Aotearoa/NZ, as they identify the strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities of community food systems in their own area, and utilise these models to provide solutions.?



Excellent for people who are part of an organisation committed to local level sustainability in any form, as well as households wanting to reduce their dependence on the globalised food system.?




Motueka & Nelson Combined Workshop: Sun 23 Aug?– Location: Riverside Community Centre

Takaka: Sat 5 Sept – Location: Mohua Community Services Centre



Nelson & Motueka Separate Workshops

Nelson: Sat 26 Sept –?Location: A big homespace lounge in Hope

Motueka: Sun 27 Sept – Location: Riverside Community Centre

Takaka: Sat?17 Oct – Location: Mohua Community Services Centre



Motueka & Nelson Combined Workshop: 24 & 25 Oct – Location: Riverside Community Centre (accommodation available)

Takaka: 14 & 15 Nov – Location: The Maker Space, Golden Bay Sustainable Living Centre



TUTOR: Robina McCurdy + guests



$50 per day per person. Reduction for all four days, $150 if paid up front. Includes handouts and teas. Pot-luck lunch.

Although each workshop builds on the previous one, it is not necessary to attend every workshop day in your area.??

Bank Account details and further details will be sent to you upon receiving your registration form.

Choose how many days:



Registration Form:??https://forms.gle/iwT9QKGq5kTMv4vu5

Enquiries:? Write to earthcarecommunity@gmail.com




Workshop 1: Laying Resilient Foundations

* Exploring why Food Resilience is essential for household and bioregional sustainability

* Defining some terms used (eg bioregion, food security, food resilience, food sovereignty, heirloom)

* Understanding the ‘Politics of Food’ (overview and key factors)

* Introducing the 12 Steps to Food Resilience (a) household to neighbourhood, (b) organisation to bioregion

* Using the ‘Map of Food Resilience’ to re-kindle local food culture


Workshop 2: Engaging the Whole Community

* Generating a Bioregional Food Inventory (Production & Distribution) together (3D model method)

* Forming a bioregion-wide Wholistic Goal for food resilience

* Identifying Local Food Systems Players

* Developing Partnerships for mutual benefit (eg council working alongside a community group to manage a public ‘Open Orchard’)

* Strengthening Community Food Production & Distribution Hubs (such as schools, community gardens, food banks, markets)


Workshop 3: Bioregional Food Abundance

Day 1: Working with Nature’s Cycles

* Developing Bioregional Seasonal Calendars

* Creating your own Personal Seasonal Calendar

* Sourcing, multiplying and utilising nature’s resources wisely, for soil fertility building and wild harvest

* Ensuring Seed Security – from home garden seedsaving to bioregional seed networks, seed libraries and seed banks

* Propagating neighbourhood heirloom nurseries


Day 2: Generating Local Food System Economies

* Strengthening Rural – Urban links (for value adding & product distribution nodes)

* Being aware of policies and regulations relevant to small scale producers

* Co-operatively setting up and managing food processing hubs

* Identifying and inventing appropriate technologies and tools

* Stimulating your household’s prosperity through developing ‘tradable food commodities’

* Innovatively building local food economies, using simulation games and strategic planning